Deputy Sheriff Richard Rudy Raczkoski

Deputy Sheriff Richard Rudy Raczkoski

Indian River County Sheriff's Department, Florida

End of Watch Tuesday, September 23, 1986

Richard Rudy Raczkoski

Deputy Raczkoski was shot and killed while checking on a suspicious person using a pay phone in front of a closed convenience store at 0300 hours. While waiting for a cab to pick the man up a handgun fell from the man's pants. The suspect picked up the handgun and, as Deputy Raczkoski attempted to take cover behind his patrol car, shot him five times in the back. The man was apprehended in Albany two days later.

The suspect, an ex-convict out of prison for five months, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .380 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I was one of the EMTs that responded to the call that morning. Out of all the calls that I have responded to as a first responder over the years, your call will always be etched in my mind and your memory has and will never be forgotten. Every call we answered together will always be remembered. The kindness you showed everyone and the joking way you had.
I know you have been watching over all your brothers and sisters. Rest in peace and Thank you for your service.

Richard Buzzell Former EMT
Indian River County Volunteer Ambulance Squad

April 26, 2018

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